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« on: September 30, 2009 06:16:30 PM »

Hi everyone,
So I'm making the Berry Baby Hat and Booties from Crocheted Gifts by Interweave.  This is my first time working something in the round where I actually have to worry about gauge.  So, I'm a little confused by the directions.  For the gauge, it says: "18 sts and 22 rounds = 4" (10 cm) in sc."
So, does that mean I work in pattern (which is basically just single crochet in the round) and then measure the radius when I get to the 22nd round?  Or do I measure the diameter?  I hope it's radius, because otherwise, it's WAY too big. Also, what do the 18 sts have to do with it?  In a square gauge swatch, it makes sense to me because you're counting the stitches in a straight line, but how do you handle stitches that curve around?
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2009 02:24:47 AM »

My best guess would be that since 22 rounds would be made for the gauge swatch you should only measure them once, so yes, it would be the radius you're measuring.

As for the sts... Does the hat stop increasing before you reach 22 rounds? If so, you can sort of measure around the sides with a measuring tape. If not... I have no idea!
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2009 09:07:24 AM »

The hat is only 30 rounds, so it seems like crocheting a gauge swatch is really just crocheting 2/3 of the project!  I finished the hat last night (without the leaves on top - still have to do those), and it looks baby-sized, so I'm just going to go with it.  Hopefully it will fit on my friend's baby!
Thanks for the info.
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